Trails in Indiana

Canal Towpath Will Close Temporarily for Study

 

 
INDIANAPOLIS –  The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that the canal towpath will be closed between Hampton Drive and Capital Avenue beginning on or after Feb. 2, 2015 for approximately one month. 
The towpath will close for work to analyze the feasibility of a proposed alternative to complete the southern portion of the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project in coordination with the US Army Corp of Engineers.
 
Residents should use the following designated detour during the closure, which will be clearly marked with signs:
  • Use the sidewalk on Michigan Road to 42nd Street.
  • 42nd Street to Haughey Avenue
  • Haughey Avenue turns into W. Hampton Drive
  • W. Hampton to Illinois Street
  • Illinois Street to Westfield Boulevard, where the towpath can be accessed.

 The feasibility study will include the mapping and analysis of the area’s topography, environmental factors and soil conditions. While the canal towpath is closed, crews will be conducting soil borings with specialized equipment.
 
Since the late 1990s, the City of Indianapolis has been working with the US Army Corp of Engineers to construct a federally certified levee on the City’s north side—called the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project. Upon completion, the levee will protect the Broad Ripple, Warfleigh, Meridian Kessler and Butler Tarkington neighborhoods from flooding. 

The feasibility study will begin next week to analyze a proposed Canal West Bank alternative to complete the southern portion of the levee. The study is expected to be complete by summer 2015.
 
For more information on the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project, visit the project webpage for fact sheets, frequently asked questions and updates.